Statue of St Patrick at the Hill of Tara. Co, Meath.

Finbarr Reilly

Joined March 2009

Artist's Description

A statue of Saint Patrick was erected on the Hill of Tara approximately 100 years ago to signify his connection with that site and the arrival of Christianity here. Around 1992 the original statue, which had been formed of cement or concrete, was removed for repair when the Office of Public Works discovered it was not really replaceable, as someone had aimed a few pot-shots at it with a firearm. After it was removed, the Office of Public Works refused to replace it on the Hill of Tara.
When St Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, was roaming the country he made his way to County Meath where he lit a paschal fire on the Hill of Slane on the Easter eve. Pagan belief at the time was that at all fires should be extinguished before a new one was to be lit on the Hill of Tara. So when the paschal fire on the Hill of Slane was spotted King Laoghaire was warned by the druids that he must put the flame or he will burn. King Laoghaire called on St Patrick to the Hill of Tara in which he made his way along with his followers singing the hymn of The Lorica, now known as St Patrick’s Breat plate. Today a large statue of St Patrick stands outside the church yard on the Hill of Tara.

Tara is today under serious threat from Irish politicians who have given the green light for the construction of a new motorway. Over 300 academics signed a joint letter stating the royal estate of Tara is not just a central part of Irish heritage, but is of significant importance on a world heritage scale. Construction on this ancient piece of land has already begun; construction workers started their demolition in the middle of the night.

NIKON D90
f/8
1/250 sec.
0 step
18 mm
3.6
Pattern
No Flash
27

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